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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 5, 2012 
CONTACTS:
Chris McCloud 
217-785-0075 
 
 
IDNR July 2012 Newsbits 
Fall Hunting:  Check season dates, apply for permits, and review season regulations for the 2012 fall hunting seasons online through the IDNR website.  Hunting information is available at www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting, including a link to a PDF version of the Illinois Digest of Hunting and Trapping Regulations for 2012-2013.

Online Dove Permits:  Online applications are being accepted July 4 through July 17 for the second lottery drawing for Illinois Free Dove Hunting Permits for hunting at select state sites.  Applications may be submitted by resident hunters who were unsuccessful in the first lottery, residents who did not apply in the first lottery, and non-resident hunters.  After the second lottery permit application deadline on July 17, hunters may apply for remaining free dove permits on a first-come, first-served basis beginning July 31.  For more information on dove hunting permit areas and free dove permits, check the IDNR website at www.dnr.illinois.gov/hunting/dove

Safety Education:  Begin planning for the upcoming 2012-13 hunting seasons in Illinois by checking the schedule of IDNR Hunter Safety Education courses.  Many Hunter Safety classes are scheduled in advance of the fall seasons and summer is a good time to register.  Classes fill up quickly, so check the IDNR website for scheduled classes, more of which are added each week.  The web link for IDNR Safety Education courses is www.dnr.illinois.gov/safety.

Oregon Trail Days Festival at Lowden State Park:  Visit Oregon, Illinois during the third annual Oregon Trail Days Festival at Lowden State Park on July 21-22.  The event celebrates the region’s Native American heritage highlighted by Lorado Taft’s Eternal Indian statute, an iconic Rock River bluff landmark at Lowden State Park that was dedicated in July 1911.  For details on the Oregon Trail Days Festival, check the website at www.oregontraildays.org

Wingshooting Clinics:  The IDNR and participating partners sponsor wingshooting clinics at sites throughout Illinois to help improve the shooting skills of participants. Youth/Women's clinics are designed to teach participants basic firearm safety and the fundamentals of wingshooting. Hunter clinics are designed to enhance the wingshooting skills of hunters and provide sound wingshooting practice techniques.  Upcoming clinics will be conducted on weekends from mid-August through late October.  For a complete schedule, check the webpage at this link:  http://dnr.state.il.us/lands/landmgt/programs/wingshooting/WingshootingDates.htm

Sportsman’s Raffle:  Help the Illinois Conservation Foundation’s effort to expand youth conservation education and outdoor recreation programs by purchasing a ticket for the 2012 Illinois Conservation Foundation Sportsman’s Raffle.  Tickets are $100 each and prizes – including a grand prize of up to $100,000 – will be presented at a drawing in Sangamon County on December 6, 2012.  Upcoming “early bird” prizes will be awarded for tickets drawn in Sangamon County on August 2 and October 4, 2012. Proceeds from the raffle will support programs at the ICF Torstenson Family Youth Conservation Education Center in Pecatonica, IL.  The raffle is being conducted in accordance with the Raffles Act.  All business operations of the raffle take place exclusively in Sangamon County. Raffle tickets are available online at www.ilcf.org and by mail at:  Illinois Conservation Foundation, One Natural Resources Way, Springfield, IL 62702-1271. 

ICF Hall of Fame Induction and Fundraiser:  Tickets are now available for the Illinois Conservation Foundation’s Illinois Outdoor Hall of Fame Event and Fundraiser on Sat., Sept. 15 at 5:30 p.m. at the Stoney Creek Inn in East Peoria.  Two new members of the Illinois Outdoor Hall of Fame will be inducted at the event:  Warren Gale of Orion and Allie Lymenstull of Quincy.  The fundraiser will also feature silent and live auctions including firearms from Browning, Benelli, Winchester and Savage; bows and archery equipment; wildlife prints; hunting trips; outdoors gear; hunting trips; jewelry and household items.  For tickets and more information, check the ICF website at www.ilcf.org or phone 217-785-2003. 

Historic Cemeteries:  The monthly science series program at the Illinois State Museum Research and Collections Center in Springfield on July 11 is “The Historic Cemeteries of Menard County, Illinois” featuring Guy Sternberg, arborist and owner of Starhill Forest Arboretum, Petersburg.  The program will focus on 23 historic cemeteries in the land where Lincoln rose to greatness.  For more information, phone 217-785-0037.  The free program begins at 7 p.m. on Wed., July 11 at the ISM Research and Collections Center, 1011 East Ash Street, Springfield.

Super Saturday:  Take the kids to the Illinois State Museum on Sat., July 14 for the next Super Saturdays program “Let the Games Begin – the Summer Olympics.”   Come celebrate the start of the Summer Olympic Games by learning more about the sports that will be featured at the Games.  Recommended for children ages 4-8, there will be activities from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. with hands-on fun and take-home crafts.  Parents and families are encouraged to participate. Super Saturdays are free.  The Illinois State Museum is located in the State Capitol Complex in Springfield.  For more information, phone 217-782-6044 or go online at www.museum.state.il.us/events

Living with Wildlife:  The IDNR and UI Extension have teamed up to provide residents of Illinois with information about how to coexist with wildlife, especially in urban areas. Urban wildlife helps us maintain our connection with nature, and helpful information on preventing problems with wildlife can be found on the “Living with Wildlife in Illinois” website at http://web.extension.illinois.edu/wildlife/

ENTICE Educator Workshops:  The 2012-2013 ENTICE (Environment and Nature Training Institute for Conservation Education) workshop schedule from the IDNR Division of Education is available online at https://www.enticeworkshops.com. Teachers will find new topics as well as old favorites. ENTICE workshops provide basic information about natural resources topics from the experts, with hands-on activities, supplemental resources and outdoor experiences. All workshops are developed with the Illinois Learning Standards as their foundation. Continuing Professional Development Units are available.

Flying WILD Educator Training Workshop:  A Flying WILD training session will be held on Tuesday, July 24 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the Barkhausen Cache River Wetlands Center, Illinois State Route 37 South, Cypress, IL. The registration fee of $15.00 includes the Flying WILD: An Educator's Guide manual. Three Continuing Professional Development Units are available to teachers. For more information, contact Molie Oliver at 618-657-2064.  To register for the workshop:  www.illinoisaudubon.org.

Illinois Urban and Community Forestry Assistance Grant Program:  The IDNR invites applications for the Illinois Urban and Community Forestry Assistance Act grant program in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service National Urban and Community Forestry Program.  A total of $300,000 will be available during Fiscal Year 2013. By law, the program is set up as a 50/50 cost share reimbursement, with no more than 5 percent of the total funds available to one unit of government. The purpose of the Urban and Community Forestry Assistance Act grant program is to provide financial assistance to local units of government for the development of local urban and community forestry programs. These activities must help to establish, manage, conserve and preserve the urban and community forests from inner city to associated public lands. Eligible projects include: tree care ordinances, tree board establishment, tree inventories, tree preservation ordinances, comprehensive urban forestry management plans, forest insect and disease mitigation plans, residual wood utilization, public education on urban forestry, training of city staff on tree care, tree planting/beatification, tree care demonstrations beyond routine maintenance, tree and utility conflict resolution, and tree preservation/tree protection demonstration sites. For more information on the program: http://dnr.state.il.us/orc/Urbanforestry/financialasst.html  
The application deadline is July 30, 2012.

Lockport Gallery:  Discover the precisely executed drawings and paintings of Elgin artist Steven Robnett at a special program on Sunday, July 15 from 2-3 p.m. at the Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery. ISMLG Director Jim Zimmer will provide an overview of how the artist uses human figures as narrative images that metaphorically expose the human condition. This ISMLG Talk and Tour Event is part of the free Sunday Series for the exhibition Focus 4, presented during the ISM Lockport Gallery’s 25th Anniversary year. Admission is free.  For more information, phone the Lockport Gallery at 815-838-7400.  The Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery is located at 201 West 10th Street, Lockport. 

Experience Dickson Mounds:  Youth ages 9-16 are invited to “Experience Dickson Mounds Summer Adventure for Kids” on July 17-20 at the Dickson Mounds Museum near Lewistown.    Participants will experience the environment through a variety of hands-on activities during this four-day program.  There is a $20 participation fee and registration is required with a deadline of July 9.  Participants should plan to bring a sack lunch each day. Call the Dickson Mounds Museum at 309-547-3721 for details and to register.

Becoming an Outdoors Woman Workshop:  The IDNR invites women to register now for the next ‘Becoming an Outdoors Woman’ workshop, Sept. 28-30 at Pere Marquette State Park, Grafton.  BOW workshops are designed to provide introductory instruction in many outdoor related activities. Classes are taught in a non-competitive and non-threatening environment by experienced instructors.  The cost is $160 per person, which includes the workshop, meals, lodging and transportation during the event.  Workshop and registration materials can be found on the IDNR website at www.dnr.state.il.us/lands/Landmgt/Bow.

Volunteers:  Interested in volunteering at an IDNR site or on an IDNR project? Sign up to be part of the IDNR Volunteer Network. Visit http://www.dnr.state.il.us/volunteer/index.htm for more information.

Follow the IDNR:  Keep up to date with events and information on outdoor recreation and natural resources in Illinois through IDNR postings on Facebook and Twitter.  Find us at http://www.dnr.illinois.gov/about/Pages/SocialNetworking.aspx